A gargoyle fell from above the Orrington Avenue entrance to the Hahn Building in downtown Evanston over the weekend, a possible victim of the earthquake that struck Oklahoma late Saturday night.

Lynn Robinson of building owner Robinson Rentals confirmed this morning that the gargoyle had fallen and been retrieved by the management company, but she declined further comment.

The gargoyle was one of four originally on the landmark building, of which two now remain.

Top: The base of the fallen gargoyle over the Orrington Avenue entrance to the Hahn Building. Above: A remaining gargoyle over the entrance to the Vincent and Company hair salon in the building.

An Evanston Now reader saw police gathered around the fallan gargoyle on the Orrington Avenue sidewalk early Sunday morning, but a police spokesman this morning said he had no reports about the incident.

The 5.6 magnitude Oklahoma earthquake, reportedly the biggest ever felt in that state, was also felt by several people in Evanston who reported the incident to the U.S. Geological Service website.

A call this morning to the city’s buildings and inspections division about the incident was not immediately returned.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Historic Hahn Building?

    Once again,we are reminded of the danger posed by these old buildings…Hahn, 708 Church, the Civic Center.


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